December 9, 2011

"I am appalled that politics has once again trumped science," wrote Brooklyn College Health Clinic director and nurse practitioner Ilene Tannenbaum in a letter to the New York Times. That reaction summed up much of the medical community's response to the Department of Health and Human Services' overruling of the Food and Drug Administration's decision to make the Plan B contraceptive pill a full nonprescription product.

December 9, 2011

The longer this proposed Express Scripts-Medco deal remains under the microscope, the more people don't seem to like what they see. The general tone at this Senate hearing was against the merger.

December 9, 2011

A report released Wednesday by ShopperTrak said that sales increased just 0.2% year-over-year for the week ended Dec. 3, representing a 22.5% decline from the prior week, which held the largest Black Friday in history — both in terms of sales and traffic.

December 9, 2011

A report released Thursday said that consumer confidence in the United States was little changed for a second week, holding at a level typically reached during past recessions.

December 9, 2011

Weis Markets recently expanded its loyalty card program with a gold preferred customer offering that customizes offers for regular shoppers who spend at least $3,500 in a calendar year.

December 8, 2011

ConAgra Foods' Egg Beaters brand has announced the launch of a new flavor: Egg Beaters Florentine, a blend of spinach, tomato, onion, mozzarella cheese and Italian herbs.

December 8, 2011

CVS Caremark has announced the expiration and final results of its previously announced tender offer for any and all of its $1 billion outstanding 6.302% enhanced capital advantaged preferred securities.

December 8, 2011

A drug currently under clinical development for Type 2 diabetes produced "meaningful" reductions in blood sugar, according to results of a late-stage clinical study.

December 8, 2011

A Food and Drug Administration panel of 13 advisers has voted in favor of a drug made by Pfizer for treating kidney cancer, the drug maker said Wednesday.

December 8, 2011

The Generic Pharmaceutical Association has appointed a new executive who will help guide the organization's newly created research and education institute.

December 8, 2011

The Healthcare Distribution Management Association on Tuesday honored Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., with its Rx Safety and Healthcare Leadership Award. The award recognizes public officials for their leadership and commitment to public policies that support and promote the safe and efficient delivery of medicines.

December 8, 2011

A combination of two insulins made by Novo Nordisk reduced abnormally low blood sugar in diabetes patients, according to study results presented at a medical conference.

December 8, 2011

Long-time industry veteran Jonathan Stern, 69, passed last month at his home in Boca Raton, Fla., after a one-year battle with pancreatic cancer. Services were held Nov. 13 at Riverside Memorial Chapel in New York.

December 8, 2011

Mead Johnson Nutrition Wednesday evening announced a number of management changes under Mead Johnson president and CEO Steve Golsby.

December 8, 2011

A group of medical associations on Wednesday denounced the government's decision to maintain the status quo with regard to the prescription status of the emergency contraceptive Plan B.

December 8, 2011

Verve Wireless, a mobile advertising company, on Thursday announced the results of a study conducted across the 1,300 mobile publishers that use the Verve advertising platform. The study reinforces that consumers and their smartphones are inseparable when it comes to shopping.

December 8, 2011

New legislation proposed in the Senate would strengthen penalties against people who traffic in counterfeit medications.

December 8, 2011

Whirlpool Corp. is launching Affresh Cleaners, a new line of advanced home cleaning products now available at Best Buy stores nationwide.

December 8, 2011

The retail sector continues to tentatively edge toward recovery, buoyed by a strong start to the holiday shopping season; but several obstacles stand in the way of sustained progress in 2012, according to Jones Lang LaSalle’s "North America Year-end Retail Outlook."

December 8, 2011

According to a report published Wednesday on the site of MobiHealthNews, the Food and Drug Administration has approved an iPhone glucose meter called AgaMatrix Nugget from Sanofi.

December 8, 2011

Supermarket chain Schnucks is hoping to benefit from the spat between Walgreens and pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts, according to published reports.

December 8, 2011

A recent study of obese and nonobese children found that low vitamin D levels are significantly more prevalent in obese children and are associated with risk factors for Type 2 diabetes.

December 8, 2011

More than 250,000 U.S. military personnel, family members, retirees and others in the Department of Defense Tricare pharmacy benefits program, and their supporters, so far have signed petitions demanding access to Walgreens pharmacies under the Tricare pharmacy program, Walgreens reported Thursday.

December 7, 2011

'Tis the season! That's the spirit behind Implus Footcare with the merchandising of a product that makes you want to hum, "It's beginning to look a lot like …" at this Walmart in central Pennsylvania.